Karl Marx Credit Cards Prove a Hit in Eastern Germany

Karl Marx MasterCardBy Sophie Duvernoy

Two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, some eastern Germans are once again carrying round images of Karl Marx -- if only in their pockets.

The disappearance of communist former East Germany has not deterred them from using credit cards emblazoned with the image of the man who foretold the end of capitalism and the triumph of communism.

More than a third of customers at Sparkasse Bank in Chemnitz opted for the picture of a bronze bust of the bearded 19th-century German-born philosopher, bank spokesman Roger Wirtz said.

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Marx's stern face is depicted gazing towards the logo of Mastercard.

Before the fall of the Berlin Wall, citizens of Chemnitz -- then known as Karl-Marx-Stadt -- and the rest of East Germany would have seen Marx's face on their 100-Mark banknotes.

Flattened during World War II, Chemnitz was rebuilt as a model socialist city and still boasts a 7-meter-tall bust of Marx in its centre. The city has been economically depressed since the end of communism and its population has shrunk by 20%.


The east has witnessed a wave of nostalgia in recent years for aspects of the old East Germany, where citizens had few freedoms but were guaranteed jobs and social welfare. The trend is not limited to the region.

"We've even received inquiries from clients in western German states asking whether they could open a local account with us to get a card bearing Marx's features," Sparkasse's Wirtz told Reuters.

A 2008 survey found 52% of eastern Germans believed the free market economy was "unsuitable" and 43% said they wanted socialism back.

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ha6ai

A perfect description of the Obama economy and the Obama-Deficit:

The "Karl Marx Credit Card"!

LOL!

June 20 2012 at 3:55 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Jetncat

I see a bust Obama right next to Karl Marx one day.

June 18 2012 at 11:51 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Karoly Kuruc

well, if germany deported all the non-germans from their country, there would be work for the natives!!!! you hear that usa?????

June 18 2012 at 4:21 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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craigmrfrn

TRUE! I applied to pick vegetables for $4.00 / HR and was denied because some Mexican immigrant got the job!

June 18 2012 at 1:49 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
gainder2

Desparate people will always opt for handouts no matter how expensive those handouts are in the long run! Meaning, the freedoms communism denies or prevents!
In fact, one could argue that communism has been replaced in both China and Russia by Dictatorships with semi-capitalist/free markets!
Putin and the Chinese leadership never dreamt of attaining so much wealth while their people felt so good about being alittle more free, with a few more choices and ultimately, the HOPE of doing better and living better!
What everyone forgets, even those wayward former East Germans is that there is no such thing as equality under communism! The political heads have the best of everything, including FREEDOM...even the best medical services avaliable!
Heres a little test for you!? Enjoy!
Chavez has been travelling back and forth between Venezueal and Cuba for medical treatments. Treatments likely given by non-Cuban Doctors with American made equipment/meds. Is there anyone in America who thinks EVERY Venezuelan living in Chavez's perfect communist nirvana gets the same treatment? LMAO!

Oh and Chavez is a MODERN DAY communist! Any questions from you leftist pigs? LMAO!

June 17 2012 at 3:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
goldaxe

I thought hitler would be on master card.

June 17 2012 at 4:46 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
z4rock

That is great! But in communism there is nothing to buy because there are no profits to incentivise production.

June 17 2012 at 12:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
marine1942

Can you use it to buy lobsters from Maine and fly them to White House ??

June 16 2012 at 3:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ha6ai

Karl Marx is also very popular with HuffPuff and American leftists..

June 16 2012 at 2:51 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
PhilliePhan75

I guess they will next make credit cards with Hitler on them

June 15 2012 at 11:57 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
troofdetector12

Obama lovers in American would love that credit card.

June 15 2012 at 11:55 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply